Every organization is political, and many careers — and projects — are made or broken based not on our technical skills but on how well we navigate the fuzzy and risky political landscape. Here are five tips for navigating the dangerous waters of office politics.
The only thing you can reliably change or control in any company or team is yourself. So start there and be a truth-teller, says Mindy Mackenzie, author, McKinsey senior adviser and former WalMart executive. It’s the first step in building a credible partnership with your boss and collaborative, reciprocal relationships with your peers.
When people understand what they’re expected to achieve, and that they’ll be given credit for success, they can focus on objectives and outcomes, not just tasks. They can trust the system. Here are four suggestions for creating an organizational culture in which trust is secured by accountability.
Managers in agile organizations remain not only relevant but critical to supporting high-performing initiatives. They recruit and construct teams, gather and provide feedback, guide career paths, and coach results. If a manager isn’t engaged in these areas, it’s likely no one is, and the team will eventually suffer.
Investing time and energy in a cross-mentoring group can pay dividends in your professional development as a project leader, providing a safe sounding board, invaluable advice, diverse feedback and a steady dose of inspiration. Not to mention, you will also benefit from sharing your own strengths to help others.
When leaders speak to a large group of people there is always the risk of misunderstanding and disengagement. Of course, there is also enormous potential for real inspiration and difference-making. Learning and leveraging a straightforward, natural approach will help immensely.
What are the top challenges in implementing collaboration software on project teams? A recent survey from Software Advice highlights three and offers some tips to combat them. The survey also identifies some ‘must-have’ features that teams find most useful in a collaboration tool.
Project costs receive serious scrutiny from executives and stakeholders who use ROI and other financial metrics to judge organizational performance. Here is a checklist of questions to help project leaders and their teams determine the best available options for responding to project cost risks and issues that may arise.
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act, which will reform federal program management in several ways, including the creation of a formal career path for project managers and an interagency council to share knowledge.
Few organizations reports a high degree of benefits realization management maturity, but those that do have a significant edge in achieving goals and business intent, according to a new report from the Project Management Institute. Here are the actions they take.
Effective leadership depends on making ethical choices. Project Management Institute, in conjunction with QED Consulting, is conducting a survey to better understand global differences in ethical decision-making at work. Your participation is appreciated.
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